Monday, May 30, 2022

Piper PA-28-140, N1759T: Incident occurred May 28, 2022 near Gratiot Community Airport (KAMN), Ithaca, Michigan

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan 

Aircraft experienced engine issues and landed in a field. 

Date: 28-MAY-22
Time: 14:25:00Z
Regis#: N1759T
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

Gratiot County Sheriff's Office - 


Please see the press release regarding an incident in which a plane made an emergency landing in the county today.

There were no injuries.

Thank you to community members who assisted deputies today!

Mechanical issues results in a single-engine plane making an emergency landing in a farm field in Gratiot County, Michigan.

On Saturday, May 28 at approximately 10:26 a.m., deputies with the Gratiot County Sheriff’s Office were advised to be on the look out the small plane.

The plane was reported by Kalamazoo Air Traffic Control to have been suffering from mechanical problems while inflight near the Village of Merrill in Saginaw County. The plane originally took off from Brighton and was enroute to Newberry when the issues began.

Air Traffic Control advised that airplane was attempting to get to the Gratiot Community Airport to land. The last contact the tower had with the airplane was approximately 5 1/2 miles east of the airport and 4 miles south of M-46 though deputies were advised by Gratiot County Central Dispatch that they had made contact with the pilot via cellphone.

Central Dispatch reported that the pilot was able to execute an emergency landing in farm field behind a residence on N. Bagley Road.

Deputies identified the pilot as a 40-year-male along with a 39-year-old female passenger, who were both from Grand Blanc. No injuries to those in the plane and no physical damage to the aircraft was reported.

The Federal Aviation Administration was contacted while on the scene, who then diagnosed the plane with a possible fuel pump issue. The plane was then cleared and eventually released back to the pilot. Later, the plane was removed from the field by Hirschman Farms and towed to the Gratiot Community Airport.

ITHICA, Michigan (WILX) - It was a scary scene for a pilot and a passenger as a plane in Gratiot County had to make an emergency landing Saturday.

The Gratiot County Sheriff’s Office says a possible fuel pump issue is to blame.

During a flight from Brighton to Newberry the plane had mechanical issues. 

The pilot attempted to land at the Gratiot Community Airport around 10:30 p.m.

However, as the situation evolved, the plane was forced to make an emergency landing in a farm field.

The Gratiot County Sheriff’s Office says the pilot is a 40-year-old man and the passenger was a 39-year-old woman. Both were able to walk away with no injuries.

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